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SUPERMICRO CSE-731i-300B Black Pedestal Server Case 300W Power Supply w/ PFC 2 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact but not too small
Swing out drive bay
Designed for Supermicro boards
Whisper Quiet Fan

Cons: Power supply seems too small for the amount of equipment and drives you can put in it.
No other places to mount a fan other than the one it comes with,

Other Thoughts: Both cons are subjective and not a real negative. CPU's are a lot less power hungry than they once were and even 4 15K SAS drives might not truly max out the PSU.

I checked the onboard temps of a recent build and the highest I saw was 46C so does it really need more than one fan. Given that you can pack an entire company into one of these with ESXi or Hyper-V I'd feel better with a second fan.

NETGEAR R7500-100NAS Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Smart Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not my best Netgear Experience 04/27/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR R7500-100NAS Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Smart Router

Pros: Like the low profile stylish design. AC speeds. Generally have had excellent luck with Netgear products.

Cons: Web interface is a little hard to use.Typical basic/advanced modes and then a lot of clicking in and out choices to find commonly used settings,

Failing after 6 months and no easy path to an RMA.

Other Thoughts: Failing after 6 months. Once a day, starting about a week ago it seems to lock up. I did all the troubleshooting on this. Lights are flashing but both wired and wireless internet connection goes down. Web interface unavailable, pinging the router fails. Power cycle the router and everything starts working. On the latest firmware, did a factory reset.
My response from Netgear support was that I have to call them and of course I should buy their premium support package since I'm outside the 90 days of included support.
Well NO, since it's intermittent I don't really want to call support at 11:00pm on a Sunday night to have some level 1 tech read me a script of everything I already tried. A top of the line router like this should be backed up with a better level of support.

iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Metal/ Aluminum 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very nice rack mount case 04/22/2015

This review is from: iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Metal/ Aluminum 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis

Pros: Simple and inexpensive. Able to use standard PSU and CPU fans.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have several of these, Some actual metal servers and others as ESXi 5.x hosts. This is an excellent case if you avoid a couple trouble areas. If you are going to use 3.5 HDDs then you are limited to 2 as it's almost impossible to fit them in the two lower mounting slots because the motherboard interferes with that area.
I always combine this case with a 4 x 2.5 drive cage that fits in the external bay and it's just shallow enough to allow the PSU cables to fit. I can completely remove the two 3.5 drive brackets if I need extra room.
If you put the case into an enclosure rather than a rack it can be a pain to remove it just to get into the case compared to a rack on rails but then again this doesn't cost $500+ dollars.


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Display Name: Pat A.

Date Joined: 02/05/10

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  • First Review: 04/22/15
  • Last Review: 06/29/15
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